New Holland's comprehensive range of groundcare machinery is set for a green makeover as the option to run 20 per cent biodiesel (B20) becomes standard across all models. In what is believed to be an industry first, any New Holland compact tractor or ride-on mower purchased after May 1, 2010 will have an option to run B20.
"We strive to lead the industry in environmental practice and are proud to offer B20 across our groundcare range," says Graham Gleed, New Holland's Groundcare Sales Manager for the UK and Republic of Ireland.
"An increasing number of customers are looking at environmental factors as well as performance when they purchase groundcare machinery, and New Holland now offers a greener alternative to regular diesel - without affecting the proven performance and reliability our customers expect from New Holland."
The key difference between a standard engine and one designed to run on B20 is the seals and filtration system, Gleed explains.
"Most seals in an engine are made of a light rubber, and because biodiesel is essentially a live product, it can eat away at the seals in a relatively short time. By changing the type of seals, and modifying the filtration system, the engine can safely run on B20 without such adverse effects."
Mr Gleed says any power difference between diesel and biodiesel is negligible, but the positive environmental effects can be significant.
"By using B20 customers are cutting down the amount of fossil fuels burned and also reducing CO2 emissions. So it encourages the use of a regenerating resource, and cuts the amount of pollutants that are emitted," he adds.
Gleed says customers with existing New Holland models can have a retro-fit system installed which would also enable the use of B20.
"We encourage customers to look at this greener alternative to traditional diesel when they consider purchasing new machinery, or when they are next servicing existing models in their fleet."
B20-compatible models can be supplied across New Holland's extensive groundcare product range.